Welcome to Women's Microfinance Initiative

WMI's mission is to establish village-level loan hubs, administered by local women, to provide capital, training and support services to rural women in the lowest income brackets in East Africa so that they can engage in income producing activities.

How It Works! - The WMI Loan Program Overview

WMI celebrates 5th anniversary with new video by Local Director, Olive Wolimbwa, discussing WMI's 5 year impact.

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WMI Timeline - How Loans Work HOW WMI LOANS WORK
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Goal: Buyobo Girl Thanking WMI WMI's goal is to help women build assets so that they can stabilize their income, raise their standard of living and reorient themselves and their families. WMI's small loans bring big changes to impoverished women, who use the money to build small businesses. With pro bono legal assistance from the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in New York, WMI issued its first microloans in January 2008. By mid-2014, WMI had issued 15,000 loans totaling $2 million to women in more than 1,000 villages. WMI has developed a unique economic model to transition women to bank loans and the formal economy in 24-months. Loan funds are recycled so that the program becomes self-sustaining.

Triple Bottom Line Impact of WMI
Robyn Nietert, WMI's President, talks about WMI's triple bottom line impact from WMI's first loan hub in Buyobo, Uganda.

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Your donation will give an impoverished woman in Uganda the opportunity to start her own business. With the revenues generated from her micro-enterprise, she will be able to raise the standard of living for her entire family and help make their future more secure. LEARN MORE »

2014 Dining for Women grant recipient

WMI has been named a 2014 Dining for Women grant recipient! Dining for Women is a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. To learn more about this exciting opportunity:

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